Calling All Golfers! FINAL CALL.
FINAL CALL to register for the upcoming GTHA/ Tourism Toronto 59th Annual Golf Tournament: Thursday, June 27th. The tournament is over 95% SOLD, Register Here
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The GTHA Announces it's 2013-14 Officers and Directors
Wednesday June 5, 2013
- Over 90 hotel members, industry partners and special guests joined the GTHA at One King West Hotel & Residences for the Association's Annual General Meeting with Guest Speaker Tim Hudak, Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario. The GTHA recognized and thanked 3 outgoing Members of the Board for their combined 33 years of service: David Ogilvie, Paul Verciglio and Dermot McKeown. The GTHA has welcomed four new 2013-14 Members to the GTHA Board of Directors: Alexi Hakim (InterContinental Toronto Centre), Fariyal Hope (Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport), Bonnie Strome (Park Hyatt Toronto) and Nozer Doctor (Holiday Inn Toronto Airport East) . Thank you to outgoing Directors and welcome to the new Members. See the full list of Directors & Officers here.
Ontario Accommodation Association Members Join ORHMA
Members of the Ontario Accommodation Association (OAA) unanimously voted at their recent Annual General Meeting to cease the operations of their 64-year-old non-profit organization. The OAA has been servicing accommodation members since 1949 and has remained a leading resource for accommodation members across Ontario. Effective August 1, 2013, OAA members will conduct their association activities through the Ontario Restaurant, Hotel and Motel Association (ORHMA). Click here
for full press release
2013 Spirit Awards Photos
The 2013 Spirit Awards Winners
TORONTO – (May 6, 2013) Four Hundred and twenty members of the Greater Toronto Hotel Association (GTHA) gathered on Friday, May 3 2013, to honour exceptional Ambassadors in the region’s hotel industry. The second Annual Spirit Awards Luncheon hosted by the Greater Toronto Hotel Association recognized 173 nominees and 19 award winners for their outstanding contributions to our industry. Read the full list of winners here: 2013 Award Winners
Spirit Awards: 173 Nominations!
This years Spirit Awards received a total of 173 nominations in the 18 award categories. See a complete list of the nominees here
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for pictures of last year's event. We look forward to seeing you Friday May 3rd for the 2nd Annual Spirit Awards!
Travel Intention Spring, Summer 2013
The presentation reports on the intentions of residents of Ontario, select other cities and U.S. states to travel to Ontario over the next two seasons. It also highlights:
- Barriers of travel to Ontario;
- Visitors' perceptions of the provinces and specific destinations within the province; and
- Travellers' trends regarding travel behaviours and attitudes.
The Study by the OTMPC is available here
City Manager's report on new casino and convention development in Toronto
April 8: Toronto City Manager Joe Pennachetti will brief the media on his recently released report, New Casino and Convention Development in Toronto, available here. The Executive Committee will consider the report at a special meeting commencing on Monday, April 15.
H7N9 Avian Flu in China
On March 31, 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that three people in the People’s Republic of China were infected by a new type of avian influenza virus identified as A (H7N9). All cases developed severe pneumonia and breathing difficulties, resulting in the death of two of the three cases. To date, the total number of confirmed cases of human infection with this H7N9 virus in China is nine including three deaths. The H7N9 flu virus causing illness in people in China has not been identified in birds in Canada and there have been no reports of human illness in Canada associated with the H7N9 flu virus.
The Public Health Agency of Canada has released a public health notice which can be found at http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/phn-asp/2013/h7n9-0403-eng.php . They are continuing to monitor the situation and the GTHA will keep you abreast of any information we receive. For your information: Hotel Association of Canada’s Pandemic Preparedness and Response Plan. This report was created to assist members in the preparation and response to a pandemic outbreak, should one arise, in an appropriate and timely manner.
City of Toronto's We've Been Expecting You program wins EDCO award
The City of Toronto's Welcome to Toronto...We've Been Expecting You (WBEY) hospitality excellence program won an Economic Development Council of Ontario (EDCO) award.
WBEY was developed in 2011 by the City of Toronto with the support of Tourism Toronto and the Province of Ontario, to instil a culture of hospitality excellence throughout the city, and to help support and unify organizations and businesses by providing training and tools that connect and inspire visitors around the common message of 'Welcome to Toronto'. More than 1,000 participants representing 144 organizations have participated in the program to date.
Tourism Policy Named One of the Top Ten Competitiveness Barriers Inhibiting the Canadian Economy
OTTAWA, February 12, 2013
- In highly-anticipated presentation before the Economic Club of Canada, Canadian Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Perrin Beatty today named uncompetitive travel and tourism policies as one of Canada's top ten barriers to competitiveness for 2013. The announcement affirms that public policy challenges are not only inhibiting growth within the travel and tourism sector itself, but squandering one of the great Canadian economic opportunities, according to the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC). Read the full TIAC press release here
and the Report itself here.
Premier Wynne's Liberal Cabinet
Monday, February 11th: Today, Kathleen Wynne was sworn into Cabinet as the first female Premier of Ontario. The premier has revealed the cabinet that will serve alongside her at Queen’s Park. The new cabinet includes a number of ministers who have not held a portfolio before. There are 27 members in the cabinet, 10 of which are new members. A full list of Cabinet Ministers and their Bios is available here.
Premier-designate to be sworn-in February 11th
Ontario's next Premier, Kathleen Wynne, and her cabinet will be sworn-in on February 11th at Queen's Park. The first cabinet meeting will take place following the ceremony
. Read the full story here.
Toronto on 2013 Condé Nast Traveler list
The top places to visit this year have been released by CNT and Toronto has a coveted position in the top 5. According to Condé Nast, our city's key features include the "stunning" architecture, restaurants, hot new hotels and the arts and cultural scene. The picks were revealed on the Today Show by Condé Nast. See the Condé Nast Traveler here. See the Today Show video.
Toronto tops Google search
Toronto holds the ranking as top U.S. Google search for international travel destination. See it here at Google
US FTC warns hotels to disclose "resort fees"
The United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a press release and posted a warning letter on its website concerning "dip pricing" fees charged by hotels following consumer complaints and an investigation. "Dip pricing" is defined broadly as a pricing technique in which firms advertise only part of a product's price and reveal other charges later as the customer goes through the buying process. These other changes can include daily fees, sometimes called "resort fees" such as use of gym or pool facilities, internet access and local calls, bottled water, mini-bar snacks and newspapers. The posted warning letter strongly encourages that hotels review their websites and ensure that their ads do not misrepresent the total price consumers can expect to pay. See the full article on the FTC website.
Detroit-Windsor bridge plans move ahead
The path is now clear for the building of a new bridge to be constructed between Windsor and Detroit, after Michigan voters defeated Proposal 6 which would have called for a state-wide vote on plans for any new international crossing. The bridge is a positive step in increasing access to Ontario for visitors and is expected to boost new investments and business opportunities. Construction is expected to start as soon as possible once the necessary permits are processed on both sides of the border.
Casino consultations to begin
The City of Toronto has approved that consultations with the public and business move forward on establishing a casino in Toronto. The City will then report to the Executive Committee in February/March 2013 on the results of the consultation. For more information including reports presented to the committee please look here
WSIB premium rates to increase by 2.5%
The WSIB has announced that premium rates will increase by 2.5% for all employer rate groups in 2013. The Board maintains that the increased rate is a necessary step to reducing the WSIB’s unfunded liability (UFL), which has grown to $14.2 billion. The full release is available here.
What opportunities could a casino bring to the GTA?
The Ontario Lottery & Gaming Commission’s vision is a world-class entertainment and gaming complex that makes a host municipality more attractive commercially for local business by enhancing it as a destination for meetings and conferences, as well as attracting additional tourists to the area. To reach out to the community, the OLG has a website dedicated to providing businesses and the public with information about a new Gaming/Entertainment Centre in the GTA. Casino economic impact studies, video discussions and facts are highlighted on the new OLG website.
Domestic tourism up
StatsCan National tourism indicators for the second quarter 2012 indicate that tourism spending has increased for the 12th consecutive quarter across Canada by 0.4%. Increased domestic tourism spending by Canadians at home rose 0.7% offsetting a decline of 1.1% in spending by international visitors as a result of a 3.3% decline in overnight travel from overseas countries. Overnight travel from the United States was up 0.3%. Read the full report here.
Sound Music Tariffs
Many hoteliers have been contacted by Re:Sound with an invoice for past due music royalties. The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) recognizes this may be the first time you have been contacted by Re:Sound. Re:Sound is a bona fide organization and they are sanctioned by the federal Copyright Board of Canada. Re:Sound is separate and distinct from SOCAN which collects license fees on behalf of composers and music publishers. Re:Sound collects fees on behalf of record companies and performers. Read more here: News